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Tree planting programme for Swansea community

Almost 150 trees are being planted alongside streets in Swansea's Penlan area - and 250 will follow next year.

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Swansea Council is introducing the greenery as part of a plan to improve the residential environment.

The trees, standing 10ft to 12ft tall, have been appearing on and around the green areas of Heol Gwyrosydd this month (note: April) and last after work started in late February. Others will follow in nearby streets by the end of 2020.

Mark Thomas, the council's cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: "The planting reflects one of the council's key priorities - to maintain and enhance Swansea's natural resources and biodiversity thus improving the health and well-being of residents.

"The new trees will soften the look of the area and will greatly benefit the local biodiversity. More trees will follow, along with other projects to improve the environment."

This year's 144 new trees for Penlan are being planted by the council's tree services unit on behalf of the housing team.

The semi-mature trees represent a wide variety of native and ornamental species.

They include oak and birch, ornamental pears and cherries, alder, maple, rowan, Austrian pine and sweet gum.

They have been chosen to be suitable for the residential area where they will stand.

Andrea Lewis, the council's cabinet member for homes and energy, said: "We want our tenants to live in good quality homes within a safe and secure community.

"A green environment will help us achieve that so we plan to introduce as much greenery as possible into Penlan, an area which will benefit from more trees.

"I hope that local residents enjoy the new additions for generations to come. The new tree planting is a small but important part of multi-million pound improvements we're making to our housing stock.

"The activity will help the council meet the Welsh Government's Welsh Housing Quality Standard that requires all social landlords to improve their housing stock to an acceptable level by December 2020.

"I welcome the greening initiatives being led by Cllr Thomas around Swansea; they will be of significant benefit to all residents as the years progress."

Council greening schemes underway include the introduction of around 170 new trees as part of a £12m makeover is transforming the look and feel of the Kingsway area.

One of Swansea city centre's biggest ever tree-planting operations, it will double the number of trees in this immediate area which is also getting large grassy areas, extra plants and shrubbery.

There were 110 trees at the start of the transformation; there will be around 220 by the end of the programme - an increase of 100%.

Additionally, there will be a significant net gain in the number of Swansea trees during the development of the £120m Swansea Central Phase One scheme which will include a 3,500-capacity digital arena and a large coastal parkland.

The council, environmental group Swansea Trees and The Woodland Trust are working together on a plan to boost the city's biodiversity in response to the building of the arena.

The council has also joined forces with the charity Trees for Cities' to plant 4,000 trees along the perimeter of Penlan's Mynydd Newydd playing fields.

Meanwhile, Swansea people have been giving their views on how nature can improve their city centre.

A consultation exercise will help to inform a new strategy being developed by the council, Natural Resources Wales and the Green Infrastructure Consultancy. The strategy will promote a joined-up approach to green infrastructure in future city centre regeneration work. 

Photo Pictured with a new tree at Crwys Terrace, Penlan are, from left, Swansea Council tree services manager Martin Bignell, cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management Mark Thomas, cabinet member for homes and energy Andrea Lewis, and council area housing manager Paul Burrows.

 

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